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View Poll Results: What is the main method of dust control in your shop?
Shop Vacuum connected to the tool(s) 79 30.27%
Shop Vacuum after the job is done 25 9.58%
Cyclone Dust Collector 44 16.86%
Single Stage Dust Collector 75 28.74%
Broom and Dust Pan 18 6.90%
None 4 1.53%
Other (specify) 16 6.13%
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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Saw this question on another woodworking website and I thought it was an interesting one. So here it is!

Question: What is the main method of dust control in your shop?

If you picked one, share with us which one and what you think of it as a dust collection method, maybe include pictures as well!

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Shop vac connected to the tool. Because that's what I have for now.

Seems to work pretty well, but I'm sure it's no comparison to a real dust collector. I tend to wear a paint mask/respirator when I'm working since I work in an enclosed garage and there's nowhere for the fine dust to go - particularly when sanding.
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I have several shop vacs dedicated to specific tools and a couple of dust collectors for the high volumn dust producers. I use the inexpensive swirl lids on a 5 gallon bucket for my router and on a trash can for my jointer and thickness planer. I use a Honeywell HEPA filter and when needed a Ridgid tube filter to clean the air.

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I've got a single stage with a swirl top on a garbage can that works fairly well for the planer, jointer, and TS. I plan to upgrade, but need more room first. Along with that, I have a Fein vac with a swirl top on a 5 gallon bucket for the compound miter saw, router, etc.
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I have a big dust collector for my table saw and router table.
I have a shop vac with a cyclone attachment that I moved around to my band saw, disc sander, and radial arm saw.
I also made a whole shop fan that I run all the time I'm in there. I salvaged a HVAC blower motor and made an rolling enclosure. I changed out the cheap blue filters (only had them when I was making the unit) and now use pleated filter. Two at the intake, and one on the exhaust.
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I have a big dust collector for my table saw and router table.
I have a shop vac with a cyclone attachment that I moved around to my band saw, disc sander, and radial arm saw.
I also made a whole shop fan that I run all the time I'm in there. I salvaged a HVAC blower motor and made an rolling enclosure. I changed out the cheap blue filters (only had them when I was making the unit) and now use pleated filter. Two at the intake, and one on the exhaust.
How effective is your HVAC unit? Looks like something that could be mounted on the wall if using smaller squirrel cage motor(s).
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Single stage Harbor Freight(modified) DC with a seperator for the planer/tablesaw/jointer/RAS/shaper/DP and mortise machine and a Ridgid Wetvac for the smaller tools like hand routing and such and general cleanup
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The motor/blower was from a 50K btu gas furnace, so it moves a lot of air. I usually open my basement doors and turn on the fan. The fan is behind my table saw and maybe 20 feet from the doors.
If I'm sanding small stuff, I will do it on the top of the fan unit.
When I'm using the table saw or router table, there still seems to be sawdust that gets in the air, even though I have my big vac running (4" hoses) connected to the machine. This fan picks up a lot of dust, based on how dirty the filters get.
I got the blower free, so it cost very little to build. Left over plywood, some casters, a little wiring stuff.

Heat and air contractors have old units all the time when they change out units. While I got this one when I changed out the heating system at my Mother's condo, I built another one for a friend and got that blower by just asking.
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Broom and dust pan is my main dust collector along with some shop vacs.The old I get the more I know I need to get a shop dust collecting system.Working with red cedar is my biggest problem even with a mask.
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I have a dust collector and now wonder how I worked without one.... I also HIGHLY RECCOMMEND A HEPA FILTER FOR YOUR SHOP VAC IT WILL MAKE A BIG BIG DIFFERNCE....FOR ABOUT A $100 YOU CAN PUT A DUST DEPUTY (ONIEDA) AND HEPA FILTER ON A SHOP VAC AND IT WILL WORK GREAT ....PLEASE REMEMBER THE REASON TO COLLECT DUST IS TO KEEP FROM BREATHING THE FINE DUST DEEP INTO YOUR LUNGS

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